The transition from high school football to college football can be overwhelming. It's even bigger when you come from a small high school to the Big Ten.
Logan-Magnolia graduate Dominic Alvis has become a starting defensive end for the Hawkeyes through hard work and belief in his talent.
As Iowa's only senior on the defensive line, Alvis expects to lead and finish his college career on a high note.
"That's what I'm geared on," said Alvis. "I want this year to be the best I've every played. I owe it all to my competition across from me. The o-line is making me better and making our d-line better. I have great confidence that we're going to be a solid unit."
After missing most of his senior season at Logan-Magnolia with a broken leg, Iowa was the only Division one team to offer a football scholarship. A two-time state discus champion, Alvis wasn't sure how he would stack up in the Big Ten.
"Playing big time ball for the Hawks in the state of Iowa is a huge deal. I obviously did have my doubts whether I would be playing. I just had to work hard and earn my spot. Fortunately I've been blessed to get on the field a little bit."
After red-shirting as a freshman, Alvis remembers the precise moment he knew he was a division one player -- this sack on Iowa State's Austin Arnaud in a win over the Cyclones in 2010.
"That moment really helped me along, knowing that I could play here. I look back, that seems like a heck of a long time ago. Moments like that do help you along. It's great to have those as motivators, confidence builders along the way."
Alvis went to college at 225 pounds and now checks in at 265.
Thursday at ten, we'll feature starting left tackle Brandon Scherff from Denison-Schleswig. Friday at ten, we'll hear from former Heelan running back Michael Malloy.
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